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NY Public Library shares pre-Internet reference questions

NY Public Library shares pre-Internet reference questions

If you have a question about any little thing that crosses your mind, there's a good change you pull out your phone and consult Google, being dished up a bunch of answers in no time at all. Of course, that convenience has only been around for a brief out our inquisitive history, and before such options existed people had to resort to slower, more limited resources. The New York Public Library was one such source as shown by a bunch of reference cards from the 1940s through 1980s.

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Lyft now lets up to five people split the fare

Lyft now lets up to five people split the fare

Lyft is making some changes, and among them is a new perk for customers: split fare. The feature is now available for those who use the ridesharing service, being presented in the app where users can choose a "Split payment" option and invite up to five other people to join in. Those invited people can then accept the invitation to be added to the ride (and thusly the final fare). This makes it easier for groups heading somewhere to divvy up the transportation cost.

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Kangaroo takes down nosy drone

Kangaroo takes down nosy drone

Situations in which drone use is acceptable are still being worked out, both on the legal and the social level. The FAA has concerned itself with making sure quadcopters and other drones don't become a public safety hazard, and the public itself is forming its own standards about drone etiquette -- it is frowned upon to fly a drone to peek over your neighbor's fence, for example, something demonstrated by a Reason poll showing 47-percent of people felt they could destroy it under such circumstances.

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Apple ups Russia’s App Store prices due to currency troubles

Apple ups Russia’s App Store prices due to currency troubles

Bad news continues for would-be Apple customers and app purchasers in Russia this week. Due to the rapid and ongoing decline of the country's currency, the ruble, Apple earlier had to take down its online store in order to re-adjust prices of computers and mobile devices, and now has raised the prices of apps in the Russian App Store. While the online store still remains unavailable, Apple today began notifying developers of the changes in the App Store's pricing.

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BlackBerry finds dreary phones douse revenues

BlackBerry finds dreary phones douse revenues

BlackBerry has trimmed its losses but still struggles to find a solid revenue stream, with an unexpected drop of a third over last year, as its smartphones fail to find broad favor with either individuals or businesses. Net loss overall for the third quarter fell to $148m - hardly fantastic performance, but far better than last year's $4.4bn loss - and, when massaged to discount one-off costs and such, actually earned faithful BlackBerry investors all of a cent a share. However, BlackBerry failed to demonstrate the pace in revenue gains that market observers expected to see.

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Apple (RED) drive raises millions in the fight against AIDS

Apple (RED) drive raises millions in the fight against AIDS

Some might chide billion dollar tech companies for their monopolies or business practices, but no one can probably deny the influence and clout these companies have, especially in raising awareness and funds for humanitarian causes. Take for example this latest case with Apple and its Product Red campaign last month. The drive was designed to raise funds for AIDS research and treatment through purchases of Apple products and apps. This year, that campaign yielded a whopping $20 million for a just cause.

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Cuba about to go online as Diplomacy wins out

Cuba about to go online as Diplomacy wins out

Before you get too tucked into this article, or any news regarding the United States’ new diplomatic views on Cuba, just know this: as it stands, a Cuban resident can’t read any of it. Say what you like about the content or context of any article on any site you read, but the people of Cuba by and large aren’t going to read it. They can’t. That’s likely to change over time, as the free-flow of information is coming their way.

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LA to be first city to equip all cops with body cameras

LA to be first city to equip all cops with body cameras

The event surrounding Ferguson and similar cases have led citizens to be more aware, wary, and even more critical of the use of police power in the enforcement of the law. In order to protect not only citizens but law enforcers as well, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti announced a plan to equip LAPD officers with body cameras. These cameras will provide the evidence that might be needed in confrontations between police officers and the public and to prevent, or at least deter, tragedies like Ferguson from happening again.

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Apple products no longer for sale in Russia as market fluctuates

Apple products no longer for sale in Russia as market fluctuates

Russia’s economy is facing a deep uncertainty today, with various reports noting wild fluctuations in the Ruble and uncertainty regarding Ukraine. Foreign currency orders are in huge demand as citizens attempt to move their existing funds to something more stable. Imported goods are another matter entirely, with the market instability causing some businesses to proceed with caution. One company not proceeding at all is Apple, who have stopped online sales in Russia due to “extreme” fluctuations in the Ruble. Apple is currently in a holding pattern, and says their Russian store is being reviewed.

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NORAD releases tech specs on Santa’s sleigh

NORAD releases tech specs on Santa’s sleigh

At the beginning of the month, NORAD rolled out its 2014 Santa Tracker, a fun tool kids can use to track Santa's progress as he makes his quick trek around the globe. While most kids likely aren't interested in any fanciful details about the more technical details of Santa's equipment, there's always that one kid who asks endless questions to which you have no answers. That changes this year, with NORAD releasing a technical specifications sheet detailing Santa's sleigh, including fuel consumption and max speed.

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